The Jubille Party ticket holder for the Nairobi governorship race has all but been decided after Uhuru endorsed Peter Kenneth for the position.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, publicly endorsed the former Presidential aspirant to fly his party’s flag.
Speaking at the burial of Thika businessman William Murathe, father of Uhuru’s political aide and the current Jubilee Party vice chairman, David Murathe, Uhuru said Kenneth was his preferred candidate.
The President asked Murang’a residents to pray for Kenneth to ensure he wins the Jubilee nominations which is slated for Friday.
Kenneth, when addressing the crowd also called for residents to vote for Uhuru in order for him to retain his seat.
“I will fight to get the ticket and win the seat in Nairobi so that when I come to visit you I will be Nairobi governor,” said Kenneth.
“But I urge you to re-elect Uhuru as proof of your love for him.”
Kenneth will be going against Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru for the Jubilee ticket. Activities in the capital city are already tense as all candidates are keen to fly the party’s flag. and not agreeing on any consensus.
Senator Sonko has led the fiery exchange between candidates and has said that there would be no consensus among aspirants.
Wanjiru herself is confident that she would be nominated to represent Jubilee for the Nairobi governorship.
“The President has made an official statement that the nominations will be free and fair so I want to categorically state that I will not be number two to anyone,” said the former Starehe MP.
On the issue of division and discord between candidates, Wanjiru said
“There is always healthy competition and as a result, weak candidates tend to raise unnecessary fears and anxiety.”
She affirmed that she intends to remain with the party even if the nomination goes to someone else. She added that it is the only party with clear ideologies.
“Those who are praying that I fail at the nominations let them be told that I am in Jubilee to stay.”
Meanwhile, after putting his weight behind Mr. Kenneth, Uhuru told Murang’a county residents that he had no preferred candidate in their county’s governorship race.
The race is between incumbent Mwangi Wairia and Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau.
“I want the people to nominate the best person who will work with me in the next term. All I call for is peace in this electioneering period,” Uhuru said.